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Friendswood Independent School District
Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a reduction in force due to program change to the district's secondary high school physical education "Foundations of Personal Fitness" course offering and the Career and Technology Education's "Computer Science" course offering.

The reorganization or removal of the course offerings is due to changes by the State Board of Education to graduation requirements and a "lack of student response to a particular course offering", according to the resolution.

The school board voted unanimously to award a bid for the construction of athletics fields to Braeburn Construction.

The total cost of the work, which includes work at the football stadium, reconfiguration of the district's baseball fields and updates of the softball field, is estimated at $4.859 million. The budget for the project is $2.996 million. 

"Administration has met with Bay Architects and Braeburn Construction to discuss these estimates and to identify ways to reduce the estimate," Superintendent Trish Hanks said.

Construction of the fields will be completed by Braeburn Construction, design of the project will be through Bay Architects.  The item was approved with the deduction of some work items for the football field.

The school board voted unanimously to approve the addition of an associate principal position at the junior high school and the addition of a director of guidance position.

The positions will be created through reorganization of current personnel, and not increase the number of positions at the district.

The school board voted unanimously to authorize the superintendent to move forward on a request from the City of Friendswood for use land adjacent to the district's FFA Barn for the construction of an animal control shelter facility.  The school district will determine whether the agricultural facility could be shared with the city in order to build the shelter.

The school board voted 6-0-1, with Daniel Hopkins abstaining, to approve the minutes of the February 9 school board meeting.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  All members were present.  Agenda

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